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UFC Fortaleza poster released

Marlon Moraes (pictured) rematches Raphael Assuncao in the bantamweight main event of UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2
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Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes are facing off again and this time they’re getting top billing.

The Brazilian bantamweight contenders meet in the main event of UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2 and they’re prominently featured on the official poster released Friday, over featherweight legend Jose Aldo and top contender Renato Moicano.

Assuncao and Moraes first fought at UFC 212 in June 2017, with Assuncao claiming a split decision victory. That was part of a four-fight win streak for Assuncao, while Moraes has won three straight since that loss. Their rematch is expected to have major title implications at 135 pounds.

The same could be said of the featherweight co-main event between Aldo and Moicano. Aldo has already held the undisputed crown at 145 pounds twice, while Moicano is looking for his first UFC title opportunity.

UFC Fight Night 144 takes place at the Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. It will air live on the ESPN+ streaming service.

See the updated card below (bout order to be determined):

Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes

Jose Aldo vs. Renato Moicano

Thiago Alves vs. Max Griffin

Livia Renata Souza vs. Sarah Frota

Junior Albini vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy

Demian Maia vs. Lyman Good

Rogerio Bontorin vs. Magomed Bibulatov

Ricardo Ramos vs. Said Nurmagomedov

Johnny Walker vs. Justin Ledet

Markus Perez vs. Anthony Hernandez

Taila Santos vs. Mara Romero Borella


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